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- n. (Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
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Weber thinks that this implies close acquaintance with Persian worship, a sort of tit-for-tat; for the Hindu would in that case call the holy spirit, _ahura_, of the Persian a devil, just as the Persian makes an evil spirit, _daeva_, out of the Hindu god, _deva_.
This asura became in Zend ahura, and if it assumed the general meaning of Lord, this is as much a secondary meaning as the meaning of demon or evil spirit, which asura assumed in the later Sanskrit of the Brâhma_n_as.